Trash crackdown launched
The Taipei City Government’s Department of Environmental Protection said stricter patrols on illegal trash disposal would be enforced at 341 sites in the city before the Lunar New Year holiday, when cleaning up the house is a custom, with violators facing fines of up to NT$2,400. The department said in a press release that according to statistics, 341 trash cans in particular are often overflowing with household refuse. Most of the sites (81) are located in Wanhua District (萬華), while Wenshan (文山) and Tatung (大同) districts have the smallest number, with 14 sites each. The price of a regulation 5 liter trash bag is only NT$2.25, so if people are caught illegally disposing of their garbage and are fined NT$2,400, it is equivalent to buying one bag a day for three years, the department said.
Bridge named after vendor
A new bridge in Taitung City will be named after Chen Shu-chu (陳樹菊), a local vegetable vendor who made Time magazine’s 2010 list of the world’s 100 most influential people for her acts of philanthropy, in the hope that others will follow her example, the Taitung County Government said yesterday. In May last year, the county government decided to tear down Fengli Bridge and construct a new, larger bridge to relieve traffic congestion. After reviewing suggestions submitted by the public, Taitung County Commissioner Justin Huang (黃健庭) decided to name the new overpass Shuchu Bridge to honor Chen’s spirit of generosity. “Are you sure? I didn’t donate any money toward the bridge,” Chen said when Huang visited her to ask for her consent. Huang said that it was very rare for a person from Taitung to become renowned internationally. The new bridge is scheduled